Project Béisbol analyzes several important factors before dedicating resources to programs, communities and countries. Our model encourages the collaboration of community, corporate and government partners in an effort to create long-term, sustainable and replicable youth baseball and softball programs which impact entire communities and countries.
Community & Country Selection
Project Beisbol carried out an intensive study of the evolution of baseball in the western hemisphere in 2006-2007 before initiating our mission. We analyzed four main factors to determine where we could make the greatest impact through baseball & softball and our new free English program.
Passion & Talent: Firstly and most importantly, there must be an interest among the youth in playing baseball and softball. We serve boys and girls between 4 and 18 years old (beginner to advanced) and we do not channel resources to individuals with more talent than others. We emphasize a level playing field for all, however, we encourage player to excel and do what we can to help them access the next level of play and education.
Degree of Necessity: We are dedicated to serving communities with the highest degree of necessity. We visit the communities to assess the degree of necessity and current levels of collaboration by local, regional and national government entities, as well as other foundations and international organizations. We encourage collaboration among all parties, however, in many cases we focus on communities that have no other options or support mechanisms – communities in which the sport has not survived or cannot survive without our support.
Community Disposition & Infrastructure: In order for our support to have a long-term, sustainable impact on the entire community, it is essential that the community has the sincere disposition and infrastructural capacity to support the sports program. This includes field space to play, coaches (volunteer or salaried), and preferably parent and local government support. In some cases, we are in a position to support communities with regard to coaching and infrastructure.
Operational Capacity & Safety: The safety of volunteers and appropriate use of the donated equipment are of the highest importance to us. Therefore, we only operate in regions and countries where we can ensure the safety of volunteers and the appropriate management of the supplies.
We have well-structured communications with the communities and programs we serve, including follow-up visits with the communities. Every three months, a thorough evaluation of the success of the programs is be carried out, assessing development of skills, attendance, and advancement in English, satisfaction levels of the players, discipline and behavior of the players, coaches, administration and US volunteers.